Innovations in Green Chemistry: Organics from Carbon Dioxide, Sunlight and Water

Innovations in Green Chemistry: Organics from Carbon Dioxide, Sunlight and Water

Business & Innovation Channel: Green Chemistry Series

A single gigawatt coal-fired power plant produces 1000 pounds of CO2 per second! What can we possibly do with all of that CO2? Join Dr. Andrew Bocarsly as he explores how chemistry can be developed that uses solar energy to convert CO2 to value added products. Can we do better than green plants at the photosynthetic conversion of CO2 and water to sugars and oxygen? We are already winning this race!


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What You Will Learn

  • The energy cost of using CO2 as a starting material for fuels and/or organic products.
  • Novel electrocatalysts that promote the efficient conversion of aqueous CO2 to alcohols.
  • How can we drive CO2 to organics using sunlight: The search for solar fuels?
  • Is CO2 chemistry the fun and games of university profs, or is there a sound, near term, business challenge that can take advantage of this chemistry?


Webinar Details

Date: Thursday, June 6, 2013

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm ET

Fee: Free


Meet Your Experts


Dr. Andrew Bocarsly received his B.S. in chemistry and physics from UCLA in 1976, and his Ph.D. in chemistry from M.I.T. in 1980. He has been on Princeton University’s faculty for 33 years. Professor Bocarsly is a co-founder and President of the Science Advisory Board of Liquid Light Inc., a company formed to commercialize the formation of organic commodity chemicals from carbon dioxide using alternate energy sources.




Dr. Joseph Fortunak is an organic chemist. He spent 21 years in the pharmaceutical industry, most recently as head of global chemical development at Abbott Labs. Dr. Fortunak is a professor at Howard University, specializing in green chemistry and global access to medicines. He works with organizations including the WHO, UNITAID, the Clinton Foundation, and the Kilimanjaro School of Pharmacy.





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16 Responses to “Innovations in Green Chemistry: Organics from Carbon Dioxide, Sunlight and Water”

  1. Jocelyn Sun says:

    I’m looking forward to this wbinar!

  2. admin says:


    We are too…tell your Green Friends!


    Erik Holderman
    ACS Webinars

  3. Mary Urban says:

    I really want to participate in this webinar but I am teaching a class during this time. Is there anyway it can be recorded and I can see it at a later time?

  4. admin says:


    Thank you for your interest in ACS Webinars™!

    Recorded webinars are always made available one week after the live webinar. Please check a week after the LIVE date at the website below to enjoy the recorded presentation and downloadable slides.

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    Erik Holderman
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  5. @TheChemicalProf says:

    It will be so awesome, highly looking forward to it because I’m a green chemistry fan/advocate and also work on green chemistry projects

  6. admin says:

    Prof Chicka:

    We are looking forward to “seeing” you there!

    Erik Holderman
    ACS Webinars

  7. DrJimby says:

    To convert 1000 pounds per second of CO2 from a single power plant to methanol (for example) would take about 300 square miles of a 10% efficient solar collector coupled to a 100% efficient chemical process, just from a thermodynamic analysis. The average solar insolation is only 5 kWh/m^2, and that transformation takes 1.4e12 kJ per day, which is a lot of energy. It’s difficult to imagine that large a solar collector for EACH power plant. Besides that, electricity is more valuable than fuel (that’s why we turn fuel into electricity and not the other way around), so why wouldn’t it make more sense to jyst make solar electricity and not burn the coal in the first place?

  8. sara says:

    Great idea

  9. admin says:

    We like it as well…see you at the Webinar!
    Erik Holderman
    ACS Webinars

  10. yasmeen says:

    looking forward to this webinar, thank you for doing this and keep up the good work :D
    a humble student

  11. admin says:


    Thank you for joining us today from Egypt! We appreciate the kind words.

    Erik Holderman
    ACS Webinars

  12. yolanda sanchez says:

    I am very sorry we miss the webinar. We dad some internet connections problems. I will be expecting the slides.

    Prof. Yolanda Sanchez.
    Univ. Autonoma de Guadalajara.

  13. admin says:


    Thank you for your interest in ACS Webinars™!

    The downloadable slides are available the day of the live webinar, however recorded webinars are always made available one week after the live webinar. Please check a week after Friday, June 14th at the website noted to enjoy recorded presentation.

    Erik Holderman
    ACS Webinars

  14. Dr.SANGEETA says:

    I like the acswbinars site. Please elaborate ‘how sunlight convert O=C=O into valuable product’. Thank you

  15. admin says:

    Thank you for the kind words Dr. Sangeeta! We enjoyed the presentation by Dr. Andrew Bocarsly as well.


    Erik Holderman
    ACS Webinars

  16. admin says:

    Dr. Jimby:

    Thank you for the comment.


    Erik Holderman
    ACS Webinars

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